The seven victims of French 'serial killer' Fourniret
Michel Fourniret goes on trial Thursday with his wife and suspected accomplice Monique Olivier for the murder of seven women and girls - the victims.
CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, France, March 26, 2008 - Sixty-five-year-old
Frenchman Michel Fourniret goes on trial Thursday with his wife and suspected
accomplice Monique Olivier, 59, for the murder of seven women and girls
between 1987 and 2001. Here are the details of the case:
THE SEVEN MURDER VICTIMS
-- Isabelle Laville, 17, was kidnapped on December 11, 1987, on her way
home from school in the central French city of Auxerre. Fourniret later
confessed to raping and killing the young girl. In July 2006, he led
investigators to her bones and clothing, buried at the bottom of a well in
northeastern France. Olivier is accused of complicity in her kidnap and
-- Fabienne Leroy, 20, was kidnapped on July 8, 1988 from a supermarket car
park in Chalons en Champagne, east of Paris. Her blood-spattered body was
found the following day outside a nearby military base, killed by a shotgun
wound to the chest. Fourniret has confessed to the murder. Olivier is charged
as an accomplice.
-- Jeanne-Marie Desramault, a 22-year-old law student, was kidnapped on
March 18, 1989 outside the train station in Charleville-Mezieres, northeastern
France. In July 2004, Fourniret led investigators to her body, in the grounds
of a chateau he once owned in the town of Donchery. Fourniret has confessed to
her murder. Olivier is also charged with murder, kidnap and attempted rape.
-- Elisabeth Brichet, a 12-year-old schoolgirl, was kidnapped on her way
home from a friend's house in the Belgian town of Namur, on December 20, 1989.
Brichet's remains were unearthed in July 2004 at Fourniret's chateau. He has
confessed to the murder, but denies a charge of rape. Olivier is charged with
-- Natacha Danais, 13, was kidnapped, assaulted and stabbed to death on
November 21, 1990 near the western French city of Nantes. Her body was found
three days later on a beach on the Atlantic coast. Fourniret has confessed to
the murder and attempted rape. Olivier is charged as an accomplice.
-- Celine Saison, an 18-year-old student, went missing on May 16, 2000
after sitting a high-school exam in Charleville-Mezieres. Her body was
recovered two months later in a wood over the Belgian border. Fourniret admits
kidnapping the young woman, before raping and strangling her to death on a
-- Mananya Thumphong, 13, vanished on May 5, 2001 in the northeast French
town of Sedan. Her remains were recovered the following year in the Nollevaux
forest, over the border in Belgium. Fourniret admits kidnapping and murdering
the young girl, but denies the charge of rape.
-- Joelle Parfondry, a canine beauty parlour employee from the Belgian town
of Namur, was the victim of an armed robbery and rape attempt in January 1995.
- Sandra N., now aged 18, was the victim of an attempted kidnapping in the
Belgian town of Gedinne in February 2000.
- Asumpcion, whose name has been changed, was kidnapped and assaulted on
June 26, 2003 in the Belgian town of Ciney. Aged 13 at the time, she managed
to escape and her statements to police led to Fourniret's arrest.
OTHER MURDER CASES
-- Fourniret was charged this month in two other murder cases which will be
tried at a later date:
Joanna Parrish, 20, a British teaching assistant in the central French city
of Auxerre, was found dead near the city in May 1990.
Marie-Angele Domece, a 19-year-old disabled Frenchwoman, went missing on
the road leading to Auxerre station in July 1988. Her body has not been found.
He denies both murders.
-- Two other cases are still under investigation:
In France, Fourniret has confessed to murdering Farida Hamiche, the partner
of a fellow convict, in 1988, with the aim of stealing the loot from a robbery.
In Belgium, Fourniret is accused of the murder of a young au pair who went
missing in 1992. He denies the charge.